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As of January 1, 2019, we have closed our forums. This is a decision we did not come to lightly, but it is necessary. The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk. The server software itself must be updated, and it cannot be without removing the forums.

So it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our long-running forums. They came online in 2000 and brought together so many wonderful Disney fans. We had friendships form, careers launch, couples marry, children born ... all because of this amazing community.

Thank you to each of you who were a part of this community. You made it possible.

And a very special thank you to our Guides (moderators), past and present, who kept our forums a happy place to be. You are the glue that held everything together, and we are forever grateful to you. Thank you aliceinwdw, Caldercup, MrsM, WillCAD, Fortissimo, GingerJ, HiddenMickey, CRCrazy, Eeyoresmom, disneyknut, disneydani, Cam22, chezp, WDWfan, Luvsun, KMB733, rescuesk, OhToodles!, Colexis Mom, lfredsbo, HiddenMickey, DrDolphin, DopeyGirl, duck addict, Disneybine, PixieMichele, Sandra Bostwick, Eeyore Tattoo, DyanKJ130, Suzy Q'Disney, LilMarcieMouse, AllisonG, Belle*, Chrissi, Brant, DawnDenise, Crystalloubear, Disneymom9092, FanOfMickey, Goofy4Goofy, GoofyMom, Home4us123, iamgrumpy, ilovedisney247, Jennifer2003, Jenny Pooh, KrisLuvsDisney, Ladyt, Laughaholic88, LauraBelle Hime, Lilianna, LizardCop, Loobyoxlip, lukeandbrooksmom, marisag, michnash, MickeyMAC, OffKilter_Lynn, PamelaK, Poor_Eeyore, ripkensnana, RobDVC, SHEANA1226, Shell of the South, snoozin, Statelady01, Tara O'Hara, tigger22, Tink and Co., Tinkerbelz, WDWJAMBA, wdwlovers, Wendyismyname, whoSEZ, WildforWD, and WvuGrrrl. You made the magic.

We want to personally thank Sara Varney, who coordinated our community for many years (among so many other things she did for us), and Cheryl Pendry, our Message Board Manager who helped train our Guides, and Ginger Jabour, who helped us with the PassPorter-specific forums and Live! Guides. Thank you for your time, energy, and enthusiasm​. You made it all happen.

There are other changes as well.

Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:

We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.

It's time to move on and move forward.

PassPorter is a small business, and for many years it supported our family. But the world changed, print books took a backseat to the Internet, and for a long time now it has been unable to make ends meet. We've had to find new ways to support our family, which means new careers and less and less time available to devote to our first baby, PassPorter.

But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.

So we are retiring this newsletter, as we simply cannot keep up with it. Many thanks to Mouse Fan Travel who supported it all these years, to All Ears and MousePlanet who helped us with news, to our many article contributors, and -- most importantly -- to Sara Varney who edited our newsletter so wonderfully for years and years.

And we are no longer charging for the Live Guides. If you have a subscription, it's yours to keep for the lifetime of the Live Guides at no additional cost. The Live Guides will stay online, barring server issues and technical problems, for all of 2019.

That said, PassPorter is not going away. Most of the resources will remain online for as long as we can support them, and after that we will find ways to make whatever we can available. PassPorter means a great deal to us, and to many of you, and we will do our best to keep it alive in whatever way we can. Our server costs are high, and they'll need to come out of our pockets, so in the future you can expect some changes so we can bring those costs down.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing support over the years. Without you, there's no way us little guys could have made something like this happen and given the "big guys" a run for their money. PassPorter was consistently the #3 guidebook after the Unofficial and Official guides, which was really unheard of for such a small company to do. We ROCKED it thanks to you and your support and love!

If you miss us, you can still find some of us online. Sara started a new blog at -- I strongly urge you to visit and get on her mailing list. She IS the Disney park princess and knows Disney backward and forward. And I am blogging as well at, which is a little craft blog I started a couple of years ago to make ends meet. You can see and hear me in my craft show at . Many PassPorter readers and fans are on Facebook, in groups they formed like the PassPorter Trip Reports and PassPorter Crafting Challenge (if you join, just let them know you read about it in the newsletter). And some of our most devoted community members started a forum of their own at Pixie Dust Lane and all are invited over.

So we encourage you to stay in touch with us and your fellow community members wherever works best for you!

Best wishes for a wonderful and magical new year!

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How old is grown up?

Posted 11-12-2009 at 06:45 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 11-12-2009 at 06:47 AM by Sandra Bostwick
We're just getting started, so if any of you start to rest on your laurels, just forget it.
Walt Disney

There are all kinds of learning experiences.

You can call them alot of things: mistakes, failures, Boo-boos, owies, infringements, violations, the list goes on.

I think a risk comes when we start to identify with those things that we could have done better. When we start calling our mistakes character flaws, personality problems, ingrained habits,...
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Today's Blog Honors Veterans

Posted 11-11-2009 at 06:03 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 11-11-2009 at 03:03 PM by Sandra Bostwick

Thanks to Diz (Dorie) for the graphic.

Aaron posted:

As a Veteran of the U.S. Navy myself, and the son of a retired Vietnam Era Sailor,...
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Mickey Mouse on a Gas Mask?

Posted 11-10-2009 at 03:55 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 11-10-2009 at 04:39 AM by Sandra Bostwick
"To top it off, 1935 was the year Adolph Hitler banned Mickey Mouse cartoons from German Theaters. Later, during World War II, Mickey Mouse encouraged Americans to support the war effort by purchasing War Bonds. " Pat Williams

Mickey Mouse's picture was on the gas masks worn by children in the London Blitz. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, soldiers in Normandy were given the password "Mickey Mouse."

I am so excited today, and I was not sure if I'd be able to...
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What about those long-shot dreams?

Posted 11-09-2009 at 06:18 AM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
Updated 11-09-2009 at 06:52 AM by Sandra Bostwick
We're just getting started, so if any of you start to rest on your laurels, just forget it.
Walt Disney

Trivia Davids posted:

Three short months after having all our adoption requirements completed, I got a call from a coordinator at the agency. We had been chosen by a birthmom out of the 15 families she had been presented with. In open adoption, the birthmom gets to choose the family she wants to raise her baby. Although there is no guarantee until 3 days...
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I'd love your opinion....just agree with me.

Posted 11-08-2009 at 06:01 PM by Sandra Bostwick (Walt's Wave)
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We're just getting started, so if any of you start to rest on your laurels, just forget it.
Walt Disney

Did you ever ask someone to look something over, then get it back with a big smile and a "Looks Wonderful!"

......and not much else?

Or maybe you are struggling with a tough decision and, when you ask advice, you get a big thumbs up.

It happens to me all the time. That is such a big boost to my confidence! It pushes me to...
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